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 for Canvassing
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Canvass \Can"vass\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. canvassed; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Canvassing.] [OF. Canabasser to examine curiously,
     to search or sift out; properly, to sift through canvas. See
     Canvas, n.]
     1. To sift; to strain; to examine thoroughly; to scrutinize;
        as, to canvass the votes cast at an election; to canvass a
        district with reference to its probable vote.
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              I have made careful search on all hands, and
              canvassed the matter with all possible diligence.
                                                    --Woodward.
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     2. To examine by discussion; to debate.
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              An opinion that we are likely soon to canvass. --Sir
                                                    W. Hamilton.
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     3. To go through, with personal solicitation or public
        addresses; as, to canvass a district for votes; to canvass
        a city for subscriptions.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  canvassing
      n 1: persuasion of voters in a political campaign [syn:
           electioneering, bell ringing, canvassing]

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